The Best Episodes of Expedition Unknown

Last Updated: Apr 30, 2018

Expedition Unknown chronicles the adventures of Josh Gates as he investigates iconic mysteries across the globe. Gates begins by interviewing key eyewitnesses and uncovering recent developments in the story, then springboards into a fully immersive exploration. This authentic, roughshod adventure leads Gates closer to the truth behind these unanswered global enigmas, such as the disappearance of Amelia Earhart’s plane. Josh Gates is an adventurer and avid explorer with a unique brand of humor and passion for off-the-map excursions.

Egypt's Lost Queens

#1 - Egypt's Lost Queens

Season 4 - Episode 8

Josh Gates continues his journey through Egypt to unearth the secrets and possibly the final resting places of Nefertiti and Cleopatra.

star 8.52
102 votes
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Great Women of Ancient Egypt

#2 - Great Women of Ancient Egypt

Season 4 - Episode 7

Josh Gates strives to uncover the buried secrets of three of the most powerful and elusive women in ancient Egypt -- Hatshepsut, Nefertiti and Cleopatra; a facial reconstruction project is commissioned to reveal the face of King Tut's mother.

star 8.30
100 votes
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Hunt For The Metal Library

#3 - Hunt For The Metal Library

Season 4 - Episode 6

Josh travels through the jungles of Ecuador to explore the watery depths of Tayos Cave for a legendary set of metal plates believed to be created by an advanced ancient civilization.

star 8.13
105 votes
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Finding Fenn's Fortune

#4 - Finding Fenn's Fortune

Season 2 - Episode 6

Josh joins a treasure hunt searching for a $2,000,000 treasure planted in the modern day. He attempts to decode the clues of the treasure's location by following a cryptic poem, leading him deep into the harsh Rocky Mountains.

star 8.11
144 votes
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Lost Spanish Fortune, Found!

#5 - Lost Spanish Fortune, Found!

Season 3 - Episode 17

Josh Gates travels down to the coast of Florida and to the recently opened Cuba in search of a sunken treasure from a fleet of Spanish ships that were sunk in 1715; the hunt takes in deep into the Atlantic and the National Archives of Cuba.

star 8.11
181 votes
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Viking Secrets

#6 - Viking Secrets

Season 4 - Episode 1

From Denmark and Iceland to the United States and Canada, Josh Gates treads into Viking territory in an effort to unlock answers to their most enduring secrets, including how they attained and sustained their power and how far they really traveled.

star 8.11
120 votes
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The Secret

#7 - The Secret

Season 4 - Episode 4

Josh travels all over the US to find the treasures featured in The Secret, a cryptic book published in the 1980s. He meets with members of the book's cult following, who each think they're on the verge of finding one of the 10 remaining treasures.

star 8.10
105 votes
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Vikings In America

#8 - Vikings In America

Season 4 - Episode 2

Josh traces the Vikings' westward expansion from the volcanic landscape of Iceland to a mysterious settlement in Greenland; he aims to find out if the Vikings landed in the United States more than 500 years before any other Europeans.

star 8.04
107 votes
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India's Atlantis

#9 - India's Atlantis

Season 3 - Episode 16

Josh travels to India in search of Dwarka, a mythical kingdom swallowed by the ocean. To find evidence that the golden city is real, Josh dives into the Arabian Sea and visits a dig site that could rewrite history.

star 8.02
177 votes
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Lost Samurai Sword of Destiny

#10 - Lost Samurai Sword of Destiny

Season 1 - Episode 11

Josh searches through various ancient shrines in Japan looking for the mystical Honjo Masamune sword. During his travels, Josh learns the ways of the samurai and is educated on how to forge his own sword.

star 8.00
115 votes
Lasseter's Gold

#11 - Lasseter's Gold

Season 3 - Episode 8

Josh Gates sets off deep into the Australian Outback, following the footsteps of legendary explorer Harold Lasseter, who claims to have found a vast field of gold.

star 7.97
174 votes
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Nazi Gold Train

#12 - Nazi Gold Train

Season 2 - Episode 19

Josh Gates travels to Europe to expose the last secrets of the Nazi empire. He searches for a buried train filled with stolen gold, explores the tunnels of the notorious Project Riese and hunts for a lost fortune at the bottom of a lake.

star 7.95
142 votes
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Origins of Stonehenge

#13 - Origins of Stonehenge

Season 4 - Episode 3

Josh travels to his ancestral home of Great Britain to explore the origins of Stonehenge. From high in the air to deep under the sea, he finds an unexpected network of monuments that could have inspired one of history's most mystical locations.

star 7.92
97 votes
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Viking Sunstone

#14 - Viking Sunstone

Season 1 - Episode 6

Josh travels to England and Norway to unlock the secrets of the Viking sunstone, a mystic crystal the Vikings used to conquer the seas. Before testing it, he explores a crypt in a Nordic church and descends 1,000 feet into a deserted mine.

star 7.89
167 votes
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The Ark of the Covenant

#15 - The Ark of the Covenant

Season 3 - Episode 12

Josh Gates follows in the footsteps of Indiana Jones as he searches in Israel and Ethiopia for the lost Ark of the Covenant, the sacred relic said to contain the Ten Commandments and possess extraordinary powers.

star 7.88
219 votes
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Kalahari Desert's Lost City

#16 - Kalahari Desert's Lost City

Season 2 - Episode 13

Host Josh Gates travels to the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa hoping to find evidence of a lost city.

star 7.87
143 votes
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Shangri-La Found

#17 - Shangri-La Found

Season 2 - Episode 16

star 7.87
146 votes
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Captain Kidd's Treasure

#18 - Captain Kidd's Treasure

Season 3 - Episode 10

Josh Gates retraces the footsteps of the legendary Captain Kidd in the hopes of finding his buried treasure; from the East Coast to the Caribbean, the search takes him to a real pirate shipwreck and to the island hideout of the notorious buccaneer.

star 7.86
189 votes
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The Lost Colony of Roanoke

#19 - The Lost Colony of Roanoke

Season 3 - Episode 4

Josh Gates joins leading archeologists as they investigate America's first missing-persons case, The Lost Colony of Roanoke. Following newly discovered clues, he'll reach new heights as he digs for answers to this over 400-year-old mystery.

star 7.86
217 votes
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Secrets of Brother XII

#20 - Secrets of Brother XII

Season 4 - Episode 9

Josh Gates attempts to uncover a treasure left behind by the Aquarian Foundation, an isolated spiritual community led by a mystic known as Brother XII.

star 7.86
92 votes
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Cloning the Woolly Mammoth

#21 - Cloning the Woolly Mammoth

Season 3 - Episode 5

One of the most iconic creatures of the Ice Age, the Woolly Mammoth, has gone extinct and Josh and a team search for enough DNA to clone a woolly mammoth.

star 7.86
198 votes
Hitler's Atomic Secrets

#22 - Hitler's Atomic Secrets

Season 2 - Episode 20

Josh Gates travels to Austria to expose the secrets of the Third Reich. During his expedition he dives into an Alpine lake to locate a lost fortune and goes underground to search for a top secret Nazi nuclear laboratory.

star 7.85
159 votes
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Plummer's Gold

#23 - Plummer's Gold

Season 3 - Episode 1

Josh Gates heads to Montana, the Gold Rush territory to search for the missing fortune of notorious Old West sheriff, Henry Plummer.

star 7.85
253 votes
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Lost Mexican City

#24 - Lost Mexican City

Season 2 - Episode 17

Josh Gates searches Mexico for clues behind the mysterious rise and disappearance of Teotihuacan, a powerful civilization that predated the Aztecs in Mesoamerica. His search takes him under the largest pyramid in the world and to a dangerous mine that could explain their influence

star 7.84
143 votes
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Journey to the Ice Age

#25 - Journey to the Ice Age

Season 3 - Episode 6

Josh retrieves bone samples from the massive Batagay crater and gets DNA results to find out if the woolly mammoth will walk the earth again.

star 7.83
202 votes